NIA investigations: KTMF on silent protest

SRINAGAR: As their leader presented himself before the NIA in Delhi, his executive and other trade leaders’ assembly on a silent protest in Srinagar’s Partap Park. This, they said, was aimed at registering their protest against what is happening to the trading community.

KTMF members on a sit-in protest against summoning of their leader to Delhi by NIA. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

KTMF president Yasin Khan was summoned to Delhi by the NIA as a witness is trade finding case that the agency is investing for many months now. The retail trade body has called for a day long strike that has closed the business and most of the educational set up in Srinagar.

Protesting retail leaders said they were on a silent protest against the summoning of businessmen to Delhi and they see it as a deliberate harassment.

While most of the members were sitting on protest, they had their leaders talking to them, detailing the tensions they are being deliberately subjected to. The sit-in had representation from almost all the associations that make KTMF.

The members were wearing black straps on their hands as a mark of protest. They said they are merely registering a protest just to convey that “their patience is being tested” by the systems in Srinagar and Delhi.

The federal investing agency NIA has summoned a scholar and Khan on Friday. They have been summoned as witnesses and not as accused.

A spokesman of KTMF said the sit-in was planned to register protest and exhibit support to Khan. “He has already got into the NIA headquarters,” a spokesman of the KTMF said. “We are all his colleagues and our members from district trade bodies have also joined us.”

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